It’s officially spring, which means it’s time to get on board with the trends of the new season – except that trends don’t always make for good investments. That’s why we’re here to vouch for a little thing called nail art. Not only is experimenting with nail art trends low in risk and high in (sartorial) reward, but it’s also one of the easiest ways to update an ensemble. From adorable animal prints and the return of ombré to an updated version of the classic French manicure, nail experts are getting playful this season. Here’s how.
French, but Fun
Bid au revoir to the classic French manicure because the sequel comes with pops of color. Yes, colorful French manicures are a thing. Opting for a single color is one way to get behind this trend, but it’s also possible to paint each nail tip in a different color. You can also go for two-toned or animal print – there are no rules.
And speaking of animal print: some version of leopard print, zebra stripes, or snakeskin may already exist in our closets, but now they’re taking over our nails, too. Even cow print can be manicured onto your nails – because why not?
Ombré is another trend that is getting an update this season. While the classic ombré manicure is when you paint a single nail in multiple shades of a single color, the ombré 2.0 sees a transition of shades between your fingers.
While it would get messy to live in a world with no rules, abstract manicures call for the opposite. After all those years of meticulously applied nail art, who would’ve thought that such compositions would look so chic?
At a time when everything seems to have a deeper meaning, nail art is following suit. The new decade began with a series of unfortunate events, and celebrities chose to show their support through their digits. Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Priyanka Chopra all sported manicures paying tribute to the late Kobe and Gianna Bryant, while Serena Williams honored the koala bears affected by the bush fires in Australia through nail art during the Australian Open. Lizzo, in contrast, made a statement about something worth celebrating: her eight Grammy nominations.